Correctional and Prison Chaplaincy, Part 5 (Ordained Chaplains: Work of the Chaplain #47)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Matthew 19:21 which says, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Francis of Assisi. He said, “Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Correctional and Prison Chaplaincy (Part 5)

— Ministry Tasks

Correctional chaplains function in all the chaplaincy roles. As administrators, they manage religious programs and advise on many issues surrounding faith practices, providing opportunities for all prisoners to practice their faith as appropriate while honoring the right of others to practice no faith if they wish. Frequently, administration in this setting also requires coordinating and managing a pool of volunteers who minister to inmates. This may include recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluating the ministry being provided by volunteers of many faith communities. As a religious pluralist, correctional chaplains must encourage the participation of many religious traditions to meet the needs of the inmates.

Correctional chaplains are well known for their role as pastors and spiritual care givers. In prison, this care may take the very practical form of assisting with letter writing, reading through difficult letters or documents, visiting families of the incarcerated, or sitting with a prisoner who is awaiting surgery, trial, parole hearings, or even death.

As ever, the pastoral role of chaplains is closely tied to their role as counselor. The goal of general (or pastoral) spiritual counseling is always reconciliation—to God, to self, or to others. Prison chaplains provide many types of counseling beyond this general sort—including counsel related to marriage and family, grief counseling, religion, and even life skills. They allow the inmates to tell their story and be heard in a nonjudgmental atmosphere, paving the way for positive behavior by offering the opportunity to dialogue in an open atmosphere of neutrality and impartiality. In the pastoral role, chaplains are also called upon to assist in the notification of death or other tragedies—to inmates and to families of inmates.

If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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